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Hawthorne rejects KC's offer, opts to stay at St Jago

Friday, May 23, 2014    

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DANNY Hawthorne, who confirmed on Wednesday he was approached by Kingston College (KC) to head up the North Street-based school's track and field programme, has rejected the offer and has opted to stay put at St Jago High.

The veteran track and field conditioner said he was humbled by the gesture of the successful 'purples', but hinted in a statement yesterday that it will take more than just money to pry him away from the Monk Street-based school where he has had relative success over his 10-year tenure.

"Over the period of 10 years at St Jago High, during which I have performed in my current coaching capacity, I have from time to time been approached with offers of other coaching assignments. Most recently, I was presented with a most lucrative offer. I am most appreciative of the suggestion made by the offer regarding the value of my professional services," Hawthorne said in a widely circulated release.

"My relationship with St Jago High School has transcended that of a 'job'; I consider it a commitment to family. In those instances where my services are required to assist at a national level, and where this does not conflict with my coaching commitment to St Jago High School, I will consider it my duty and honour to do so," the statement went on.

Hawthorne, who has coached national youth teams in the past, refused the KC offer, claiming that he will remain with the Spanish Town school until he is no longer wanted there.

"It is my resolve, and I state indefatigably, that until otherwise decided by the board of management and school's the administration, I will remain as head coach of the St Jago High School track and field programme," he was quoted as saying.

Hawthorne suggests he remains an unwavering servant of the sport at St Jago and the wider Jamaica and continues to be "awed daily" by the way it impacts the lives of many young Jamaicans.

"In this regard, I am cognisant and respectful of the holistic role of coach. I look forward to continuing to contribute in this manner for as long as I am able to do so," Hawthorne ended.

KC has been shopping in the market for a replacement for recently axed head coach Orville Byfield, whose rift with assistant Raymond 'KC' Graham widened beyond repair.

Meanwhile, Hawthorne rose to prominence when he coached Nicole Mitchell to capture the 100m gold at the IAAF World Junior Championships in 1992.

He has since seen his charges, Yohan Blake and Martin Manley, win world senior and junior titles in 2011 and 2013, respectively.

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